Keyword: law

French parliament approves presidential impeachment law

The law, if approved by the Constitutional Council, would strip French presidents of their current immunity from prosecution.

Ex-prostitute marches 800km in France to back law punishing clients

Rosen Hicher is angry that draft law to fine men up to €1,500 for paying for sex was shelved by a French Senate committee in July.

France to outlaw single-use plastic bags by 2016

Proposed law in wide-ranging Energy Transition bill will also outlaw disposable plastic cutlery and crockery by 2020.

Amazon counter-attacks French ban on free deliveries

In response to new law the online bookseller is now charging customers in France just one centime for books dispatched to their homes.

France to clamp down on would-be jihadists with new law

Proposed bill includes ban on foreign travel for individuals suspected of being radicalised, plus powers to confiscate their passports.

France boosts say on Alstom with foreign takeover law

Surprise decree could be obstacle to General Electric's takeover of France's Alstom, as industry minister talks of need for 'economic patriotism'.

France gives workers right to donate days off to colleagues with sick children

The law is inspired by the case a French man whose colleagues donated 170 days paid leave while his son battled with cancer.

Let’s call time on French‑bashing

Erroneous story about France 'banning' work emails after 6pm is just latest example of 'lazy' UK journalism about its neighbour across the Channel.

French court throws out law fining arbitrary factory closures

The Constitutional Court ruled invalid a law that set high fines on companies which shut plants before trying all options to keep them open.

Hollande rules animals should remain 'objects'

The French president has dismissed a call by a group of French thinkers, writers, historians and scientists that animals be given 'sentient' status.

The debate behind France's fudged recognition of the blank vote

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The blank vote, also known as a white vote, will be partially recognised as a legitimate vote in France following the adoption of a bill of law to that effect during its final passage before the French parliament’s upper house last week. However, it will not be considered as an effective part of election results, in which only ballot papers with named candidates will be included. For the new legislation simply distinguishes the blank vote from invalid, spoiled, votes with which it was previously included. While the law’s supporters argue that this partial recognition of the blank vote will reduce abstentions and protest votes for extremist parties, a number of political analysts dismiss that view as naive. Mathieu Magnaudeix reports.

National Assembly approves law banning MPs from other public offices

The legislation prohibits members of the French or European parliaments from holding local executive offices such as mayorships from 2017.

French senators pass ‘anti-Amazon’ law to protect small retailers

France's upper chamber has approved a bill that would ban online book retailers - such as Amazon - from offering free delivery.

French officials can monitor internet users in real time under new law

Clause that allows police and other agencies to spy without authorisation is passed weeks after France expressed outrage at NSA revelations.

Draft law on prostitution before French parliament this week

A bill of law which scraps a ban on solliciting on streets but which criminalises prostitutes' clients is to be debated in the National Assembly.